On New Year's Eve, Geraldine Trent (Gloria Swanson) decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward (Monroe Owsley), having finally grown tired of his dishonesty and his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake (Ben Lyon). Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is content as long as he never finds out who it was. All seems well until her sister Joan (Barbara Kent) returns from a trip, and happily introduces Woodward as the new man in her life.
February 28, 2023 Subject:
I thought this was a straight-up hoot. Of course it's corny and the sound quality is pretty awful. But I rarely laugh out loud for any film (as I did several times and finally when she spilled out of that car loaded onto the cruise ship). Frankly just now discovering Gloria Swanson, although of course I've always known the name).
And her singing and that song near the dénouement were iconic.
May 28, 2011 Subject:
(I give it only 3 stars because the first half isn't as action-packed as the second half.)
This movie was both great and not too good. The story was a little limp. Gloria Swanson was both brilliant and a little wimpy. Her singing was wonderful. I very much enjoyed this movie even though sound from somewhere bled into it a couple of times. The sound wasn't great to begin with but the print is good and you can hear clearly almost everything. A great addition to the archives. I would love more of Gloria Swanson's soundies and silent films.
I had always thought she was a silent starlet but evidently I was wrong. I don't know how her hair got longer and shorter so quickly in this one, but then I'm not a stylist either. She was convincing at times and somewhat phony at others. In the dramatic parts she seemed much better than in the comic parts of the movie.
This particular take has some nasty gaps and sound bleeding over from somewhere that just doesn’t match, but it's still an OK flick if you like romance mush. MUSH..bah-humbug..but the movie's still OK even if it's all mush.